Showing posts from October, 2007

But Mexicans do thumb BlackBerrys

Andrea Mandel-Campbell, author of Why Mexicans Don't Drink Molson, gave the first talk of Laurier's Innovation & Entrepreneurship speaker series tonight at the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Mandel-Campbell paints a depressing picture of Canadian business from a global perspective, pointing out that Canada has never produced one of the world's top 100 brands -- something that Switzerland has done a few times, even with population about three-fifths of Ontario's. We're not home to any "globally-relevant" multinational companies, generally show little entrepreneurial spirit, and are much better at coming up with ideas than in making money off them.

There's no disputing that Canada has a pretty sad track record. Run through the list of Canada's largest corporations and there are very few which have products well-known outside of this country. That's certainly not a new observation, and Mandel-Campbell seemed to be more interested in usin…

A look back at Entrepreneur Week

The fourth annual Entrepreneur Week wrapped up Friday with a talk by Jim Estill. I missed Doug Hall, the guy from the first season of American Inventor, but attended all the other "Startup Camp" sessions, as well as BarCampWaterloo. Larry Borsato provided some terrific summaries in his blog entries, and there will be video (edited) of all the presentations available online soon, so I won't review the content.

There were early-stage entrepreneurs from a wide age range -- which I was glad to see, since it's been a peeve of mine when entrepreneurs are segregated by age. You can start a company at any age, and there were entrepreneurs born in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s all sitting together (maybe some older than that, and it won't be long until the 1990s are represented). The speakers also covered the same age range, from their 20s to their 50s.

Almost all of the sessions addressed a key topic for startups. There were sessions on life as an entrepreneur (that's w…